verb (used with object)

to divide into or arrange in chapters.

Origin of chapter

1175–1225; Middle English chapiter, variant of chapitre < Old French < Latin capitulum little head (capit-, stem of caput head + -ulum -ule); in Late Latin: section of a book; in Medieval Latin: section read at a meeting, hence, the meeting, especially one of canons, hence, a body of canons
Related formschap·ter·al, adjectiveun·chap·ter, verb (used with object)un·chap·tered, adjective

Synonyms for chapter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of chaptered

  • He was not chaptered because we were a week from deployment and no one really believed that it was true.

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British Dictionary definitions for chaptered



a division of a written work, esp a narrative, usually titled or numbered
a sequence of events having a common attributea chapter of disasters
chapter of accidents
  1. a series of misfortunes
  2. the unforeseeable course of events
an episode or period in a life, history, etc
a numbered reference to that part of a Parliamentary session which relates to a specified Act of Parliament
a branch of some societies, clubs, etc, esp of a secret society
the collective body or a meeting of the canons of a cathedral or collegiate church or of the members of a monastic or knightly orderRelated adjective: capitular
a general assembly of some organization
chapter and verse exact authority for an action or statement


(tr) to divide into chapters

Word Origin for chapter

C13: from Old French chapitre, from Latin capitulum, literally: little head, hence, section of writing, from caput head; in Medieval Latin: chapter of scripture or of a religious rule, a gathering for the reading of this, hence, assemblage of clergy
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Word Origin and History for chaptered



c.1200, "main division of a book," from Old French chapitre (12c.) "chapter (of a book), article (of a treaty), chapter (of a cathedral)," alteration of chapitle, from Late Latin capitulum, diminutive of caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum). Sense of "local branch" (1815) is from cathedral sense (late 15c.), which seems to trace to convocations of canons at cathedral churches, during which the rules of the order by chapter, or a chapter (capitulum) of Scripture, were read aloud to the assembled. Chapter and verse "in full and thoroughly" (1620s) is a reference to Scripture.

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